Futsal: Luxol edge past Ta’ Xbiex

Luxol St. Andrews strengthened their position at the top of the Enemed Futsal Premier League although they had to sweat hard to see off Ta’ Xbiex, beating them 4-2.

This was the champions’ thirteenth win of the season with Ta’ Xbiex suffering their fifth defeat. Gia Nikvashvili scored a hat-trick with Maicon adding another one for Luxol. On the other hand, Stefi Cale and Jonathan Caruana scored for Ta’ Xbiex.

University of Malta registered a comfortable 8-2 win over Mellieħa. This was an important win for UoM who are vying for a top-four finish in the table.

Guillherme Fonseca netted a hat-trick with Jean Noel Azzopardi, Essa Benatiya, Cleavin Portelli, Paul Scerri and Mohammed Elamari also on target. Ciprian Socaciu and Armando Gjepali replied for Mellieħa.

In the Enemed Futsal Challenger League, Naxxar Lions are still top of the table after a comfortable 3-0 win over Marsaskala. Valen Petrie McKay scored a brace while Darren Grech also put his name in the score sheet.

St George’s kept their second place in the standings as they saw off Qormi 6-5. The latter were leading 4-1 before the interval but the Cottonera side made an aggressive reaction as they turned the tables to get the most desired victory.

Leon Camilleri and Luis Lopez scored a brace apiece while Vuk Rankovic and Karl Luke Schembri also signed off with a goal. Qormi had Ayrton Duncan scoring a double while Christian George Mallia, Craig Pickard and an own goal kept their team in the match.

Siġġiewi obtained a hard-earned 7-5 win over Żurrieq. The latter adopted a never-say-die attitude and proved a hard nut to crack for their opponents. Siġġiewi scored their goals through a Wallace Oliveira double, Ryan Muscat, Justin Theuma, Kurt Darmanin, Darren Attard and Jean Lopez. Żurrieq had their player-coach Boycho Marev who scored a poker while Nicolas Abdilla added another one for his team.

Luxol 39, Valletta 33, University of Malta 24, Ta’ Xbiex 21, Mellieħa 18.

Naxxar Lions 24, St George’s 21, Siġġiewi 18, Żurrieq 7, Qormi 6, Marsaskala 4